Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor shocked the mixed martial arts world this evening by announcing his retirement from the sport.
The Irish superstar, McGregor, took to Twitter where he issued the following statement announcing his retirement from MMA.
“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
Conor McGregor (21-4 MMA) was last seen in action at October’s UFC 229 event where he suffered a fourth-round submission loss to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Mystic Mac” went 9-2 while fighting under the UFC banner. He captured the UFC featherweight title at UFC 194 in December of 2015 by scoring a shocking thirteen second knockout victory over then-champion Jose Aldo.
Conor McGregor would later go on to defeat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to become the first “champ champ” in promotional history.
Shortly following McGregor’s surprising retirement announcement, UFC President Dana White shared his reaction to the news with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
“He has the money to retire and his whiskey is killing it. It totally makes sense. If I was him, I would retire too.” said White. “He’s retiring from fighting. Not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on. He has been so fun to watch!!! He has accomplished incredible things in this sport. I am so happy for him and I look forward to seeing him be as successful outside of the octagon as he was in it.”
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